J&K Police book journalist for ‘offensive’ Facebook posts

The police are now on the lookout for the man identified as Ramesh Khazanchi, a Kashmiri Pandit who left the Valley in the wake of militancy.

By: Express News Service | Jammu | Published: March 9, 2016 2:11 am

A DELHI-based journalist has landed in trouble for his “offensive” and “inflammable” Facebook posts, with the Jammu Kashmir Police registering a case in the matter.

The police are now on the lookout for the man identified as Ramesh Khazanchi, a Kashmiri Pandit who left the Valley in the wake of militancy. He once worked with a national English daily published from Delhi, said Additional Director General of Police, CID, S M Sahai. “We will trace his whereabouts and initiate action against him as per law,” added Sahai.

Meanwhile, sources said that police took suo motto action in the matter as his Facebook posts had the potential to disturb law and order situation in the Valley. He allegedly made “indecent” and “offensive” remarks against separatist Dukhtaran-e-Milat leader Aisha Andrabi, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, and the state’s majority community.

According to sources, as police’s CID wing came to know about the posts, dated February 4 and 5, it registered an FIR and started looking for Khazanchi.

Earlier in October 2012, state police had arrested three people for allegedly posting and commenting on a blasphemous video on Facebook. This had led to protests by Muslims after the video went viral over the social networking site.

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